moving to austin from LA
moving to austin from LA in a few weeks.
psyched about plentiful good mex and bbq.
wondering about other good spots - french bistros? tapas? fine dining?
Can't comment on your particular requests, but a couple of places not to miss are Castle Hill Cafe for reasonably priced New American, and Threadgill's for old school meat and three. Threadgill's gets a mixed bag of reviews...you'll either love it or hate it, but it is worth at least one visit as it is a legendary spot in Texas cultural history. Janis Joplin used to perform there, among others.
This is the first time I've visited the Austin board, as I live in New York now, but just graduated from UT last year. However, I'm proud that I am able to chime in and tell you that Austin has some mighty good fine dining. Amongst them, don't forget to try Wink. Very small, but delish. And of course, Jefferey's is a must.
For French try the fixed-price three course menu at "Chez Nous." I like Jaime's for TexMex, Castlehill or Mirabelle (same folks run both) for very good contemporary.
Also there is a nice cluster of Restaurants over on Manor Rd and I35.
Try Hoovers for great southern cooking--they serve silly-huge portions and it's all nicely done. East Side Cafe is a classy little joint that has wonderful vegetable dishes (I always get three sides and soup). John Mueller's bbq is over there, too. BBQ is kind of a touchy subject on this board, but JM's is good--as are lots of other places. I didn't grow up with TX bbq at all and I try it every chance I get. Try them all and have a ball doing it.